The thicknesses of the water pipe and tube walls can vary. Pipe wall thickness is denoted by various schedules or for large bore polyethylene pipe in the UK by the Standard Dimension Ratio (SDR), defined as the ratio of the pipe diameter to its wall thickness. Pipe wall thickness increases with schedule, and is available in schedules 20, 40, 80, and higher in special cases. The schedule is largely determined by the operating pressure of the system, with higher pressures commanding greater thickness. Copper tubing is available in four wall thicknesses: type DWV (thinnest wall; only allowed as drain pipe per UPC), type 'M' (thin; typically only allowed as drain pipe by IPC code), type 'L' (thicker, standard duty for water lines and water service), and type 'K' (thickest, typically used underground between the main and the meter). Because piping and tubing are commodities, having a greater wall thickness implies higher initial cost. Thicker walled pipe generally implies greater durability and higher pressure tolerances.
A leaky faucet can be a relatively easy fix depending on the type of faucet, so get to know the basic types of faucets and how to take them apart. You can look for instructions online; YouTube videos are the most useful. A slow drip usually means that all you have to replace is a washer, but make sure you know which size you need before buying a new one.
You probably don’t realize how much you have come to depend on your plumbing system on a daily basis. Running a bath, brushing your teeth, boiling water to cook vegetables or grains, running the dishwasher, washing your white clothes, flushing the toilet—the list could go on and on. Most would have difficulty going one day without a modern plumbing system. At Golden Rule Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, our plumbers have been serving our community for nearly 15 years. We offer professional plumbing services throughout the Des Moines, IA area, including installation, replacement, repair, and installation. From grease traps, sump pumps, toilets and garbage disposal units to water heaters, gas piping and bathroom remodeling, we offer a wide range of quality products and services. We offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee and we’re available 24/7 in case something goes wrong after hours. As one of the most important aspects of your home, your plumbing system should be taken care of by a professional plumber. Contact us to discuss your options.

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